Candidates for the Republican nomination have a reputation of making wacky campaign films. Consider the one for Rudy Giuliani’s kid, which appeared to be a five-dollar purchase. Consider the case of Mark McCloskey, one half of the rich Missouri couple who shot at BLM protesters with weapons. One Democratic senatorial candidate, on the other hand, has shared a photo of himself using marijuana while criticizing the state’s draconian marijuana regulations.
Gary Chambers, a social justice activist and organizer who is running in Louisiana to oust Senator John Neely Kennedy, is one of them (no relation). Kennedy is a Republican who supports the National Rifle Association and, among other things, opposes the House Select Committee on Jan. 6’s investigation. Chambers, on the other hand, is enraged by marijuana regulations that penalize Black people four times as much as white people.
Chambers is pictured in a chair in a field in New Orleans in the ad. He carries a blunt in one hand, which he smokes on a regular basis. Every 37 seconds in Louisiana, someone is arrested for marijuana possession, he says in a voiceover. It is responsible for half of the state’s total arrests. “Black people are four times more likely to be arrested,” he says. “Most of the people police are arresting aren’t dealers, but rather people with small amounts of pot. Just like me.”
The legalization of marijuana in Louisiana, which joins the 18 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia, where it is already legal, is one of Chambers’ viewpoints. He also believes that people who have been arrested for the crime should have their records expunged by the state and municipal administrations.
“For too long, candidates have used the legalization of marijuana as an empty talking point in order to appeal to progressive voters,” Chambers said in a statement, as per The Washington Post. “I hope this ad works to not only destigmatize the use of marijuana, but also forces a new conversation that creates the pathway to legalize this beneficial drug, and forgive those who were arrested due to outdated ideology.”